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by Jimmy Parbuckle & The Reeelers

From rollicking sailor tunes to haunting ballads, this handsome edition has both traditional songs and new compositions by sailor/musician Jimmy Parbuckle. Physical album includes an exquisitely illustrated booklet with lyrics and stories behind the songs
Genre: Folk: Sea Shanties
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Handsome Cabin Boy
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5:03 $0.99
2. Mingulay Boat Song
Jimmy Parbuckle & The Reeelers
4:04 album only
3. Farewell to Carlingford
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3:27 album only
4. The Ballad of Rajib Roy
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2:50 $0.99
5. Ocean of Darkness
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5:00 $0.99
6. The Mermaid
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3:30 $0.99
7. Ode to Colin Orr
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3:28 $0.99
8. Memories of Maggie
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2:24 $0.99
9. Behold James Craig!
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4:28 $0.99
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Album Notes
‘Behold!’ - The Reeelers’ second album sets off with ‘Handsome Cabin Boy’, played as a multi layered instrumental, where you are taken on a musical journey from the tranquility of a harbour to the rolling sea. ‘Mingulay Boat Song’ is a much loved Scottish air, played simply with guitar and vocal harmonies. ‘Farewell to Carlingford’ picks up the pace in a lively rendition of that lovely tune, backed by fiddle and mandolin.

Then the storm clouds set in as Parbery & Parbuckle’s protest song ‘The Ballad of Rajib Roy’ thunders in, followed by the haunting ‘Ocean of Darkness’ which takes you up the mast on a stormy night around Cape Horn - this is the closest thing you will get to experiencing a journey around The Horn in a sailing ship without actually having to go there! That composition is followed by a sunny rendition of the jolly tune ‘The Mermaid’ - the kind of song that The Reeelers are known and loved for, followed by more tunes which are amongst the Reeelers' favourites. You will love this album.

The Reeelers ‘Behold!’ (physical) album includes an exquisitely illustrated booklet and quality high gloss cardboard sleeve, which is a pleasure to have and hold. Jimmy Parbuckle (aka actor/artist James Parbery) has included his own drawings, paintings and photographs to illustrate this volume, complete with lyrics and the stories behind the songs.

Also known as 'The James Craig Reeelers', this band is fun, energetic (except in their quiet moments) and very salty. Jimmy Parbuckle has spent over twenty years in sailing ships. He is singing from the heart - it's the real deal! The fiddle player, Mark Oats may have drunk too much sea water - he is slightly mad but one of the finest fiddlers you'll ever hear. Drummer Ben MacAtamney somehow captures the crash of the sea, Mark Stevens thumps away cheerfully on his double bass in the jolly tunes, picks up an angry bass guitar for ‘The Ballad of Rajib Roy’ and brings out his bow for some deep, sweet sounds on the contemplative numbers. Guest singers and musicians include Antony Mutch (classical guitar and mandolin), Nick Papageorgiou (lagerphone), Garry Steel (piano accordion), Roger Fyfe (harmonica) and backing singers/shipmates, Dave Iggulden, Howard Courtney, Gary Keally, Marty Woods and some haunting harmonies by Alanna Rodgers in 'Ocean of Darkness'. Recording artist Peter Hird has applied his genius to create a truly memorable album, one which you will want to listen to over and over again - you will discover something new every time you hear it.

No matter what your background, sailor or landlubber, young or old, dead or alive; you will love Jimmy Parbuckle and The (James Craig) Reeelers - a perfect gift for yourself or a shipmate!



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John Broomhall

I love ‘The Reeelers’ new album Behold!!!!!!!! Behold indeed. Only a true salt like Jimmy Parbuckle could have produced such a masterpiece. And I do mean masterpiece. Everything about the album is superb - Beautifully presented - traditional songs a joy, the arrangements are excellent and Parbuckle’s original songs are well crafted.
From the first note of sawing insistency from Mark Oats’ fiddle in ‘Handsome Cabin Boy’ to the last ringing endorsement of the return to life of the tall ship James Craig this is an album that commands your full attention. An absolute delight.”
singer/songwriter/folk historian John Broomhall


Wow! This is a fantastic album. I had to get up and dance!! I love the instrumentals (Cabin Boy and Memories of Maggie) and each of the song tells its own story. My favourite is definitely 'The Mermaid' which I can listen to it over and over again. Great album to listen to in the car or boat. It's a good mixture of contemplative ballads with fun lively tunes.